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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New York fishing businesses hurt by Hurricane Sandy to apply for funding through the state's recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program.

The storm caused an estimated $58 million of damage to New York's recreational fishing sector and $19 million to its commercial fishing sector.

Under the program, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of as much as $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses.

"The New York recreational fishing industry was hit hard by Sandy, and we have a long road to recovery ahead," Regal Marine Products vice president Melissa Dearborn said in a statement. "Some are rebuilding from the ground up, many are struggling to get through difficult financial times, but all are resilient and determined to rebuild New York's fishing communities. As the weather warms and the headlines fade, those not in the trenches may forget how much work is still to be done. It is so encouraging to know that Gov. Cuomo and his staff have not forgotten us and are still working hard to get the financial assistance the recreational fishing industry so desperately needs. These grants are a first step toward that goal."

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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